The first words they recognize have to say something, so why not make sure they are Bible-themed words? I had the opportunity to review the Say & Pray Bible First Words, Stories, and Prayers from Diane Storts and Illustrated by Sarah Ward, from Tommy Nelson publishing. I received the Bible from the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange only for my honest opinion.
This is the most adorable board book Bible for toddlers and early readers.
This is a hard-cover, toddler board book, 40-page Bible story book. It is intended for children, pre-readers or early readers.
The book contains 20 Bible stories. 10 Old Testament and 10 New Testament, including:
In the Beginning
Noah Builds a Boat
A Happy Promise
Joseph's Colorful Coat
Baby in a Basket
A Happy Family (Ruth)
Jonah and the Big Fish
Brave Queen Esther
Jesus is Born
Jesus Grows Up
So Many Fish
Jesus Teaches About God
The Good Samaritan
Jesus and the Children
Jesus and Zacchaeus
A Big Parade
Jesus is Alive
Each new 2-page story contains a little 3-line summary of the biblical account and a scripture, followed by a prayer.
The illustrations of the corresponding story have pictures that are highlighted with about 5-7 words from the biblical account.
For instance, the story of Noah has pictures and words that include:
WHAT DID I THINK?
This book is very well-made, gift quality. It feels sturdy and durable when you hold it in your hands, so no worry about little ones tearing the pages. And, it's just the right size to hold in your hand, and curl up in a reading nook with baby. It's also a great size to hand over to an early reader, learning new words.
It is a fantastic way to start a child out with familiarizing them with the Bible. It is not just stories and beautiful illustrations, but it contains vocabulary words that he or she will encounter when they actually begin reading the full Holy Bible. What a fun way to learn the words while learning about God's love.